Intense interest in Kerry's first ever community school

Two Mile National School hosted a successful enrolment evening this week that gave parents an opportunity to explore all the options available to them and their children ahead of August 30 when the primary reopens its doors for the first-time in over a year to junior infants and sixth class pupils.

The evening was organised by the Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) who will oversee the running of what is Kerry's first 'Community National School' under the government's schools' reconfiguration programme announced in June.

Thursday's event gave parents the space to chat with management, peruse samples of the new school uniform and tour the facilities.

The new trustees said the mood was one of positivity at a school that can accommodate upwards of 80 pupils and ahead of the appointment of a new principal that's expected to be announced at the end of July.

Two Mile Community Group member, Sheila O'Donoghue, is one of four members who worked to see the school reopen again and they are extremely delighted with the rate of progress the school is making.

"We had a great turnout on the night and great interest was expressed by parents. I'm not sure of how many actually enrolled on the night, but there was great interest shown," Sheila said.

"Everyone is delighted with the response the school is getting and KETB outlined its teaching concept on the night, which will be largely computer and 'whiteboard' based; a method which will also help keep costs down for parents," she added.

Ann O'Dwyer is the Director of Schools with Kerry ETB and she outlined the multidenominational ethos of the new school which will cater for children of all faiths and beliefs.

Ms O'Dwyer added that the 'Community National School' model makes space for the spiritual journey of a child's identity and is one that celebrates diversity in a meaningful way, in the first major break with the traditional model of Church-operated schools the county has seen.


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